Paralegal, Domestic Violence Law Unit
- Posted: over a month ago
Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has an immediate opening for a paralegal position in the Domestic Violence Law Unit to support attorneys providing consultation, advocacy, and representation to survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault in matrimonial, family, and domestic violence-based immigration cases. Candidates with fluency in Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, or Mandarin are strongly preferred, but we will consider candidates with other languages and cultural competency for the clients and communities that we serve.
Duties and Responsibilities:
NYLAG seeks a motivated individual with a demonstrated commitment to public interest. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Conduct comprehensive family, matrimonial, and immigration law intakes with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and other clients referred for assistance;
- Conduct safety planning;
- Assist clients and callers in identifying and obtaining appropriate referrals for legal and non-legal needs;
- Provide support and assistance on all aspects of client representation, including but not limited to, client interviewing, performing research, drafting documents and forms, obtaining documents and evidence, and compiling applications;
- Investigate, prepare, and file compensation claims for crime victims;
- Translate and interpret as needed, including written translation;
- Prepare and engage in outreach, clinics, and know your rights events for internal and external partners and communities; and
- Engage with internal and external colleagues to ensure access to services for clients within the communities that we serve; and
- Assist in program administration including data entry, file and case maintenance, assisting with grant reporting, and other administrative tasks as assigned by Unit Director and supervising staff; and
- Other similar duties and responsibilities as needed.
The roles for which we are hiring will require extensive collaboration with community-based partners, coordinating and participating in clinics for CBO clients, and will work to expand access to services for communities who face obstacles in accessing services, in addition to the responsibilities as outlined herein.
- Please identify in your resume and/or cover letter your language proficiencies, candidates with fluency in Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Mandarin are strongly preferred.
- College degree, paralegal certificate, or 2-3 years in a client/customer facing role preferred;
- Strong organizational and administrative skills are required;
- Experience working with survivors of trauma, immigrant communities and/or underserved communities is preferred;
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
- Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, internet research); and
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, LGBTQ people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.
☒ Entry Level
Salary: $48,000 - $50,000 (Salary is commensurate with experience)
Benefits: Excellent benefits.
NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.
The New York Legal Assistance Group is an equal opportunity employer; applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience and subject to funding limitations.
This position will be a Union Member.
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